• Birds, Books and Baby, Oh My!

    Date: 2011.02.27 | Category: Baby, Family, Friends, Life, Love, Me, OMG YAY!, Pregnancy, Style | Tags:

    I love baby showers. There is something wonderful about a happy mommy surrounded by tiny little gifts for baby to be, incredible “lady food” and that amazing punch that always seems to turn up. So no surprise that I was like a kid on Christmas morning getting ready to go to one for my sweet baby girl.

    I am so fortunate to have such amazing friends. As soon as I told Kelly I was pregnant, she (after about two minutes of uninterrupted squealing) immediately said, “Oh my gosh I’m doing the baby shower!” My awesome friends Angela, Becki and Susan also wanted to pitch in, thus they formed the baby shower planning power team.

    And let me tell you, these ladies had crazy good skills.

    Kelly handled all the decorations.

    From the welcome sign…

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    To the birdie garlands and pom poms…

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    To the personalized food cards.

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    Angela and her friend Heather handled all the food.

    They made shrimp tartlets, sausage muffins, brought fruit, veggies, pinwheels and quiches. She also came up with all the adorable children’s book themed titles for the food!

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    Becki hand made the (pop-up!) invitations!

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    And with help from her cousin Kelly made the most adorable cake ever. (Can you believe they made that themselves?) The top layer was chocolate with bavarian cream and the bottom layer was white with raspberry cream. I had a slice of each.

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    Susan, who is currently in the middle of her first year of emergency medicine residency and pretty much stays busy saving people’s lives, pitched in where she could with game prizes and balloons.

    Aren’t they the most beautiful hostesses ever?

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    And let me tell you, if there is one thing in this world I love it’s a good book! So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that this was a “Bird and Book” shower. That meant I got loaded down with the best children’s books from my childhood, and some that I can’t wait to become acquainted  with. And with all those people and all those books, not a single one was duplicated!

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    Sarah got lots of great clothes!

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    This one from my sister will be her “going home from the hospital outfit!”

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    She also got some great snuggle buddies.

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    And this little gift was purchased especially for Mark!

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    And how cute is this little wall hanging made out of owls from Becki?

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    Perhaps the most surprising and touching part of all were the two surprise gifts I received from “out of towners.”

    Cassie, who has gotten to be a very good friend of mine through our blogs, hand made this beautiful, soft blanket for Baby Sarah and shipped it from Pittsburgh! It even had her initials stitched in it! And, sneaky girl that she is, she coordinated with Kelly and it was ready and wrapped at the shower!

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    Another big surprise was the arrival of gifts on my front porch from my friend Anna who lives in Japan! How appropriate that she sent a Moby wrap with cherry blossoms on it. :)

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    There were tons of gifts, lots of fun and plenty of photos. Click here to view the whole set!

    Thank you wonderful ladies!